Lindsey Graham invites Giuliani to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee


Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, said that he will not testify before House investigators as part of Democrats' ongoing impeachment efforts against the president unless Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is removed as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and the House votes in full on taking up the impeachment probe.

US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairperson Lindsey Graham holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, May 15, 2019.

Then-Vice President Biden reportedly pressured the Ukrainian government to fire Shokin, who was investigating Hunter Biden, or else the USA government would withhold foreign aid to the eastern European nation.

"Given the House of Representatives' behavior, it is time for the Senate to inquire about corruption and other improprieties involving Ukraine", the senator tweeted.

Graham did not make any reference to his committee investigating a whistle-blower's allegations that President Trump abused his office by pushing the Ukrainians to investigate a political opponent.

Also, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) invited Giuliani to speak before the upper chamber panel and inform lawmakers "of his concerns". A committee spokesperson told the Washington Post said it hasn't been decided whether or not the testimony would be open or closed, or who would question the president's attorney.

"The position I'm stating is now the position of the administration", Giuliani added.

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Other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, though, have previously told ABC News they do not want to hear from Giuliani.

Giuliani, the former mayor of NY, has emerged as a central figure in the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry into Trump.

The old Contemporary York Metropolis mayor is Trump's deepest attorney.

In late September, Giuliani appeared on ABC's "This Week" and waved around a stack of documents he said were affidavits that proved that Shokin was dismissed from his post as a result of his investigation into Biden's son and Burisma. However, "there are a lot of legal issues to consider", he noted.

Giuliani, meanwhile, is not the only person Graham has called on to appear before his committee.

Giuliani is at the center of the storm over Trump's attempt to pry damaging information about Biden out of Ukraine. Graham has moved to seize the opportunity and start investigating what the Judiciary Chairman has called "disturbing allegations" and "corruption" surrounding the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden.

"Here's what's going to happen: If the whistleblowers' allegations are turned into an impeachment article, it's imperative that the whistleblower be interviewed in public, under oath, and cross-examined", Graham said.